machine_spirit wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 12, 2021 12:01 am
I remember the despair when trance around the world and a state of trance started to become completely dominated by these "progressive" tracks around 2007 or so, with melodies that went nowhere, teasing anti-climax breaks that just led back to where they began and heavy emphasis on groovy basslines (which is perhaps the one thing i don't mind). But honestly house does most of that better imo. Almost everyone "sold out" around that time and the foundation was made for the whole Avicii/mainstream stuff that it eventually merged into and somewhere around there was when the awful term "EDM" started popping up everywhere. That's how i remember it at least. Some argue that the "selling out" started in the late 90s but i've never been a fan of the earliest trance stuff so i disagree... That's just how it goes
Yeah, 2007 was the year where it all ended pretty much. Was listening the other day debut of one of the now known acts from psy scene and it was released in 2008, guy pretty much took 9 tracks from 2005/2006 and made his interpretations of them, interpretations is overstatement, he practically made almost the same tracks... 9 different sounding tracks, you can clearly hear the original tracks which were all from different artist that had particular sound, there wasn't anything remotely unique about his interpretations, there wasn't anything that really standed out as his signature sound, nothing, you just go, yeah, this is this track from that guy, oh this is that track and etc, you can play them in the same time, they actually align perfectly...
That reminded me about majority of releases of that year that were just same tracks recycled across the board and same sounds, there was so many releases in those years and most of them were just copy-paste of same thing. People got lazy to experiment, to try something new, same arrangements, same sounds, same fills, same breaks, everything, I mean reverse-engineer some tracks, but don't release those attempts as your own music...
Don't get me wrong, there was always folks who had their signature in there, but even they went for shortcuts and pretty much in few years they manged to become parodies of themselves, thing became a joke.
About that time there was rise of Swedish/Dutch cheese fest and that influenced whole EDM spectrum in that direction, for worse, than even those guys couldn't parody themselves anymore and people got sick of hearing same shit all over again, amount of people making same thing just went berserk, until their dogs got sick of hearing it. Even Beatport changed their focus completely from it and now things are much better actually, but still far away from ideal, same copy-pasting, everyone just ridding same waves until everyone got sick and find another. Guess newer generations are incapable of making anything new or have mental capabilities to do it, most want just to get validated by public in land of likes and streams, sad stuff.